It looks interesting and is on my short list for a new project. I recently finished a stuart 10H and boiler, and I am just starting a dynamo to complete the steam plant. I am also considering the compound tandem mill engine from Brunell as a next project.
I'd really like to build a Southworth Corliss, but I think it would be too long of a project for me at this point, so I'm looking for something a bit less involved. Hence my interest in the Simpon & Shipton.
Any comments on this model, or better yet pictures would be appreciated.
I've not done that particular engine but have done his Rectilinear engine.
If you have not already done so I would strongly suggest you get hold of the back issues of MEW that covered the build of the model, Anthony Mount has a good way of writing and this will let you decide if the model is within your capability. Back issues are quite cheap on e-bay.
I have made the Double Tandem Compound version of the Brunel model. Nice engine to build: the number of 8Ba studs needs a lot of patience if you are going to turn them yourself. It is slightly smaller than my Corliss cross compound and a much more liftable model.
I have all the EIM mags if you need someone to scan the S&S article for you.
Well, after considering 4 or 5 different engines at length I have ended up more or less where I started and settled on the Brunell Tandem Compound as my next engine. Thanks to all here who provided guidance and feedback on the various designs. The casting are on order, so I'll see what I have gotten myself into when they turn up.